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This 2020, switching to a remote management setup and working from home has become the new normal in many industries. Businesses all over the world have embraced this adjustment and the “remote work” culture. Thankfully, there are work from home tools and technologies that make telecommuting a lot more bearable despite the circumstances.
However, it’s still worth acknowledging that this new work arrangement can bring challenges to both managers and employees. For managers or team leaders, this setup makes it difficult to supervise employees and their performance due to the lack of person-to-person interaction. While it’s best to trust them, that doesn’t mean that you should be too lax about it.
Likewise, while working from home brings flexibility and many perks for employees, it also has disadvantages. Take a look at some of the most common problems your remote workers can face to give you an idea of how you can support and help them stay motivated.
Time management – Because of the flexibility of working from home and present distractions in their home environment, they may be finding it difficult to get on top of their projects or take longer than usual to accomplish tasks.
Collaborating – It’s a lot easier to work together when you are in the same room as your colleagues, but this isn’t applicable when working at home. One way to overcome this hiccup and foster better collaboration is by using communication apps or collaboration tools.
Switching off – Since your employees are forced to work remotely, some may find it difficult to see when work ends and leisure time starts; thus, affecting their productivity and performance.
Your new remote setup may present new and unfamiliar challenges when conducting your employees’ capability assessment. Acknowledging the common difficulties your employees face allows you to find the right approach when evaluating their performance.
As your organization continues to adapt to a new remote work setup, knowing the best practices in managing your team and measuring their capability can help you spot any operational issues and do something to boost their productivity and performance. The infographic below lays out some tips on how you can assess the performance of your remote workers.
About the Author
Valerie Chua is a Content Specialist at Manila Recruitment, a company providing headhunting solutions for the recruitment of executive, expert, technical and specialist positions in the Philippines. Follow Manila Recruitment on Twitter @MNLrecruitment or connect with them on LinkedIn.